One of the things I value most about photography is that it is a creative endeavor. I have been through those phases of life where I’ve felt drained. You may be familiar with those days — those long hours where you spend so much time being a mom and a wife and an employee and a good friend – that at the end of the day, you sink back and try to recall what you liked to spend extra time doing before your schedule was filled up with endless to-dos and obligations.
For me, it’s photography. And luckily, my camera is easy to carry along to errands and events.
Still, just snapping a photo doesn’t fill that urge to create. I love photography because it’s more than that.
There is always room to grow, to create projects, to push boundaries, and to limit yourself so that you are challenged to explore things differently. I love how thoughtful it is. I enjoy making images visually interesting. I like being able to evoke emotions through an image.
I love learning new things.
Like, I really love it. Yes, I am a nerd.
I admit it: I’m easily taken in when it comes to photography classes. I have taken many (!!!) and every time I cross one off, I add another one to the bottom of my list. I feel ridiculously satisfied when everything comes together to produce strong image. And that’s important to me because when I take photos for others, I want them to be strong images. I want my my clients to look at them and feel or think.
The following batch of images is from a class I took that discusses the elements of photography and how to pull them together. They are personal – not client work – but I’m sharing them because for me, an important aspect of my journey into photography is the ability to share my work with others.